Monday, December 17, 2012

Liebster Award

A short time ago, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Judith Victoria Douglas.

Now that I've recovered from the Mystery We Write Blog Tour, I finally have time to take care of this.
Here are the rules for acceptance of the “LIEBSTER AWARD.” This is important because at the end I will be nominating eleven blogs for this coveted award.
The Rules:
1) When you receive the award you must post eleven random facts about yourself; 2) you must answer eleven questions posed by the person who nominated you; 3) you pass the award on to the eleven blogger friends you are nominating, making sure you notify them of their nominations; 4) you write up eleven new questions for the bloggers you are nominating (and you cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you); and finally, 5) you paste the award picture into your blog along with eleven random facts about yourself and your eleven questions and answers given by your nominator. (Not much different from the Next Big Thing)
Here's my eleven random facts about myself...
1. I tried barrel racing horse refused to run. He wanted to check out the crowd. I was SO embarassed.
2. I used to train and show Dobermann Pinschers.
3. I owned 2 champion American Foxhounds.

4. I once owned a Thoroughbred. His parents were racehorses in Florida and did pretty well. I planned on training him for the track too but the Air Force sent us to Guam instead.

5. I spent almost 5 years in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic.

6. I'm a secret nerd. I LOVE Big Bang Theory.

7. I could give up chocolate...but I'm not a quitter.

8. I love the smell of hay. Fresh cut or even dry and baled.
9. I need a greenhouse in the back yard for all my plants.

10. I like to turn up the volume and sing along with the radio in the car.

11. I'm going to Peru in July of 2013. I'm really excited about it.

Now here are the questions along with my answers.
1. If there was one person — real, fiction or fantasy — you could spend some time talking with, who would it be?
I think it'd be Benjamen Franklin.

2. If you could change anything about yourself, physical, mental, emotional, heritage-wise, anything, what would it be?
Easy....I'd get rid of my tendency to procrastinate and put things off. 

3. What animal, fish or bird, living or extinct, would you like to know more about, up close and personal, maybe even as a pet?
I love all the big cats, lions and tigers but definitely not as a pet. They are wild and need to be wild. 
4. If you could choose your last meal, and you weren’t in prison at the time, what would it be?
Hmmm...either steak or BBQ ribs, baked potato with lots of butter, corn on the cob, homemade yeast rolls, and chocolate pecan pie for dessert.

5. If English is your primary language, but you could instantly be fluent in another, what would it be?
Another easy one.  Spanish. I'm actually working on it but it'd be great to be instantly fluent.

6. Where in the universe, if not this planet, would you live if you had a choice and it was actually feasible?
 I used to watch the show Grizzly Adams as a kid and wanted to live in the mountains like he did.  I even checked to see where it was filmed...northern Utah.  Beautiful country...

7. What object, place or thing do you equate with your favorite color, and why? Please state your favorite color so your reasoning will be clear to your readers.
Hmmm...favorite color, sage green. I think probably that fresh cut hay would be a close connection.

8. What movie would you have liked to play a part, even a minor part if the top slot was taken by your favorite actor/actress.  Name your favorite actor/actress so your readers will be clear on this, as well.

I don't really have a favorite actor or actress but I'd have loved to had a part in any of the Lord of the Ring movies or The Hobbit.  

9. What book do you wish you had written?  Include why you picked this particular book.
 The Green Rider series by Kristen Britain.  Cause if  I'd written it, I wouldn't be waiting for the next one. :-) Seriously, the plotting is great, love the characters and setting.

10. What scientific or social (not political or religious) endeavor or event would most benefit mankind at this moment in time?  If you say a Space-Alien Invasion, please explain why.
Cure for childhood cancers.  We lost a 5 year old daughter to neuroblastoma years ago.

11. How would you explain to a blind person the difference between God and Santa Claus, if both were standing in front of you? This is like The Elephant and the Six Blind Men, but its only you telling one person the difference between the two.
This I'll pass on this one since there's no such thing as Santa. :-) And as a preacher's wife, I don't think I could come anywhere near describing God. 

Now...who do I nominate?  Let's see...

Next...what do I ask? Hmmm....

1. When did you realize for the first time you really were a writer?

2. What writer has influenced your writing the most and why?

3. If you use a pen name, why? If you don't, why not?

4. What writer would you like to sit and chat with about writing? Why?

5. Do you have a writing ritual or routine? If so, tell us about it.

6. Do you use an outline or just get started with an idea and see what happens?

7. What real life occurrences have inspired your writing?

8. What have you learned from writing?

9. Does your writing have a message for your readers? If so, do you put it there intentionally or does it just sorta find its way in?

10. What is the best piece of advice you were given as a writer?

11. Tell about your current WIP or latest release.

I can't wait to read your answers.

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